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5 Things — wait, 15 Things! — to Do This Weekend in Boise

Get wet and wild at the Boise Music Festival on Saturday.
Get wet and wild at the Boise Music Festival on Saturday. Statesman file

Forget “5 Things to Do.” We’re going bigger this weekend, Idaho ...

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On Friday, the place to be for free is the debut Music on the Water concert at Esther Simplot Park. Running from 4 to 9 p.m., it highlights several diverse acts. Boise rock band Built To Spill headlines. Afterward, if you dig old-school funk, make a beeline to the Zapp show at the Knit. (R.I.P. Roger Troutman).

Saturday begins with the annual Boise Music Festival at Expo Idaho with Flo Rida, The Band Perry, Sean Kingston and more. Then the Paul Tillotson New York Connection will perform outdoors at Lucky Peak’s Sandy Point Amphitheater. In Downtown Boise, soul singer John Nemeth returns home to the Egyptian Theatre. Musician-actor Reeve Carney headlines at The Olympic. And local multi-instrumentalist Thomas Paul plays a garden gig at Surel’s Place.

Sunday will be a headbanging affair with Korn, Stone Sour, Babymetal and more at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. There’s also a Blues for Philly G Benefit Concert at Oak Barrel in Eagle.

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Meridian Dairy Days — “always the third week of June” — deserves its spot on this list. The parade is at 6:45 p.m. Friday. And do not miss those free fireworks inside Meridian Speedway afterward. Everyone knows we need more fireworks.

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Boise Bicycle Project just won’t quit. They’re determined to “transform Boise into the bicycle capital of America one bike at a time.” That’s why they’ve put together the sixth annual Pedal 4 the People, a three-day bike fest with a nonstop schedule of entertainment and events. The celebration finishes Sunday with a big ol’ bike parade and party at Payette Brewing Co.

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Bring your furry pal to Pet-A-Pawlooza, a community event that benefits the Boise Police Department K9 Unit and SNIP. You’ll see live doggie demonstrations from the K9 unit. Plus there will be games for kids and pets, food trucks, beer, wine and more. It’s free and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Julia Davis Park.

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Brewfest time! From 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at PreFunk in Boise, get nutty at the second annual Iron Brewer Competition. Nine local breweries were given a single ingredient they had to use while creating a special beer: coconut. You get to enjoy the results, vote on your favorite and jam to live music. (I get to be one of the judges. And I’m ready — especially after sipping this beer recently.)

Rather golf indoors? Play miniature golf at nine Downtown Boise bars on Sunday afternoon at the Boise Wide Open. Each bar will have a custom hole made by a different brewery. There are prizes “for best scores, best costumes, best hole and all-around awesomeness.” Sign up between 1 and 2:30 p.m. at Old Chicago, then start golfing.

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I don’t know a ton about the Feed Your Soul Festival, except that it features live music, craft beer tents, food trucks, carnival games, inflatables, face painting and giveaways. And that it supports Create Common Good. Bottom line, though: What’s better than standing around drinking beer and munching grub on a Saturday in Capitol Park?

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